Co-Curators, Bonavista Biennale 2023

Co-Curators – Bonavista Biennale 2023

The Bonavista Biennale is seeking two Co-Curators to work closely with the Artistic Director to realize the 2023 Biennale. Applicants may apply individually or in pairs, and may be independent or institutionally affiliated.

Co-Curators will collaborate with the Artistic Director to advance the concept, vision, and direction of the Biennale. Building on what the Biennale has achieved to date, you will bring your curatorial expertise to the challenge of taking the Bonavista Biennale to the next level—growing the Biennale’s provincial, national and international reputation, while remaining sensitive to regional and community priorities and concerns.

Co-Curators will undertake all specific responsibilities outlined below as part of a creative team.

Commitment and timeline:

  • 1-2 weeks of in-person research during the summer of 2022 (to be scheduled early July – early September); including site visits around the Bonavista Peninsula;
  • Meet virtually on a bi-weekly to monthly basis with the Artistic Director to discuss proposed artists, sites, and overall Biennale theme;
  • Return to the Bonavista Peninsula for ~10 days in August 2023 to oversee installations and participate in artist hosting activities and opening weekend programs;
  • Propose, and participate in, on-site and/or virtual events over the course of the 1-month Biennale;
  • Participate in a post-Biennale debrief.

Co-Curators will each receive a flat fee of $10,000 CAD, plus HST if applicable, payable in three installments: $5,000 in July 2022, $2,500 in March 2023, and $2,500 upon completion of all duties. All travel to and within Newfoundland, including airfare/mileage, accommodation, and a per diem will be covered by the Biennale.

Curators at all levels are encouraged to apply; candidates should have experience working closely with artists to realize site-specific installations, new commissions, and/or community-based projects. For at least one of the Co-Curator positions, preference will be given to a candidate with in-depth knowledge and experience of the arts community in Newfoundland and Labrador. International candidates will be considered, but will be responsible for securing any required work permits.

Note: Co-Curators will work both remotely as well as on-site on the Bonavista Peninsula. The Biennale’s historical and outdoor sites offer a range of both accessible, partially accessible, an inaccessible venue options. We will work with Co-Curators to address any personal access requirements.


Curatorial Research:

  • Work closely with the Artistic Director to research, develop, and articulate a curatorial theme, vision, and direction of the exhibition;
  • Research, select, and invite participating artists, in collaboration with the Artistic Director;
  • Research sites and engage artists with site selection;
  • Collect and maintain artist research files as requested;
  • Provide project status updates as requested.

Exhibition and Artists:

  • Work with the Artistic Director and Executive Director to ensure artists’ travel, accommodation, and hosting/facilitation requirements are met;
  • Communicate with artists regarding artworks and installation requirements;
  • Oversee and coordinate site preparation and installation of artists’ work in collaboration with the Artistic Director, including practical assistance to artists with their projects as needed;
  • Contribute content for Biennale texts, including but not limited to: website, on-site interpretive materials, exhibition brochure, and catalogue;
  • Work to ensure all texts are accessible to maximize audience engagement and understanding, in collaboration with the Artistic Director;
  • Participate in the development of ancillary programming, such as speakers’ series, workshops, performance, etc.;
  • Meet established deadlines.

Budget Development and Follow up:

  • Work in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Executive Director to develop budget lines relating to artist travel, production and installation costs;
  • Work in collaboration with the Artistic Director and the Executive Director to proactively address any changes to budget allocations.

Communication and Public Relations:

  • Contribute as requested to exhibition announcements and social media;
  • Participate in media interviews as requested;
  • Participate in artist and curator talks and/or tours as requested.

Start date: July 2022

To apply: Submit a cover letter (1 page maximum), CV, and contact information for two (2) professional references by email to Rose Bouthillier, Artistic Director: We will acknowledge receipt of your application.

Applications are due by May 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

Bonavista Biennale gratefully acknowledges that the land on which we gather is Ktaqmkuk, traditional unceded Mi’kmaw territory. We further acknowledge the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu and Inuit of this province, and the ongoing connections with the past, present and future in our relationships with Indigenous and other peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Biennale strongly encourages applications from IBPOC communities, as well as those self-identifying as part of other marginalized and/or vulnerable groups. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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1) Logan McDonald, Bodies on the Beach (detail), 2021.
2) Installation view, REGENERATION | Piguttaugiallavalliajuk | USSANITAUTEN:
Seven Northern Labrador Photographers, 2021. From left to right: Samatha Jacque, On Top of the Mountain (2020); Eldred Allen, Scull of Harp Seals (2020); Gary Anderson, Out to the Ice Edge (2020).
3) Camille Turner, The Afronautic Research Lab, 2016–present. Performance view, Bonavista Biennale 2019.
4) Jordan Bennett, Pi’tawe’k, 2019, site-specific installation, Wellness Centre, Bonavista.
All site photography by Brian Ricks.